Food for Thought, Food for Health: 7 ways (and counting) plant-based eating changed me for the better.

by richard on October 2, 2015

I have found that the connection between what I eat and how I feel, that is my attention span and mental clarity, and my health (BP, cholesterol, etc), is profound. It is profound in many ways. I find myself saying, “I just feel better since I changed what I eat.” Here is a partial list of the ways I feel better.

  1. I have lost about 20 lbs in the last two years and kept it off even when I do not faithfully stay on my exercise regimen.

2. I have (finally) lost my craving for sugar. I have had an up and down (yes, I intended that pun) relationship with sugar all of my life. Eat sugary food, get the sugar buzz, 30-60 minutes later start to crash, repeat. As a kid I would eat an entire box of Capt’n Crunch or other sugary cereal in one sitting. Every package of cookies, no matter how large, has always been a single serving.

3. My numbers are good. Blood pressure 102/60, resting HR around 55 bpm, Total cholesterol 134, no signs of blockage in my blood vessels, BMI is within normal range, now wearing the same size pants that I was in high school.

5. I seem to have more energy. Since eating a plant based, whole-food diet I notice more energy, but I do not feel buzzed like I would from sugar or caffeine. I do not want to demonize sugar of caffeine. Before I would begin any project or activity I would find myself consuming one of these two things, or both, and then having them at the ready. I have found that without them I have plenty of calm, focused energy and attention by eating enough good food to fuel the task at hand. I also find that my attention span is much longer now than before the switch to whole, plant-based foods.

6. I seem to recover from strenuous exercise more quickly. I am a runner and I am sixty two years old. I have run seven half-marathons in the last ten years. The last two I trained for eating a whole food, plant-based diet. I recovered more quickly from my workouts, but that isn’t the coolest part. I recover more quickly from exercise around the house; working in the yard, painting the house, carrying around bags of mulch and wheelbarrows of dirt. I recover from that more quickly, too.

7. I have a noticeable decrease in allergy-like congestion and sinus drainage.

We are experienced body workers. We have a history of helping people feel better. For me personally, changing my diet to whole food plant-based eating has made the biggest positive impact on me. More than anything else I have tried so far.  It is also scientifically proven to reverse the #1 killer in America today, Heart Disease. For more info, and great, short, very informative videos on whole food, plant-based eating and how it can treat heart disease go here.

I would love to talk and answer questions about food or body work. Get in touch.

Goodbye for now.


Richard Maas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist, drummer, and gardener. He and his wife Dianne started practicing massage in 1990.

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